Alleged carnap boss, gunrunner arrested

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

MEMBERS of the Davao Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested on Monday a suspected leader of carnapping syndicate and a notorious gunrunner in separate operations against suspected criminal syndicates.

The CIDG in Davao del Sur first arrested Raniel Diamonon Nacario, a resident of Digos City, in Barangay Talus in Malungon, Sarangani province, around 1:45 p.m. for carnapping.

Chief Inspector Arvin Avelino, head of the CIDG, said their team, in coordination with the Malalag municipal police and Davao del Sur provincial police, nabbed the suspect by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Judge Carmelita Sarno-Davin.


Avelino said the operation was made in line with its Oplan Paglalansag and Oplan Salikop, a campaign against criminal syndicates.

He added that Nacario has been long operating in Digos City and nearby municipalities in Davao del Sur and Sarangani.

Nacario was earlier charged with violation of illegal possession of firearm; Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms; and Republic Act 6539, or The Anti-Carnapping Law, before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19 in Digos City.

The suspect was found in possession of one caliber .45 Caspian pistol loaded with a magazine containing 14 live ammunition, one holster, two pieces of a 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, and four assorted motorcycles.

Meanwhile, the CIDG-Davao City arrested a suspected gunrunner at San Antonio village in Matina around 2 p.m. The suspect was identified as Willie Bustamante Francisco.

Senior Superintendent Joel Pernito, CIDG regional director, said the suspect was arrested after he was caught in possession of assorted firearms in his house.

"The suspect (Francisco) is responsible for the proliferation of those various homemade and unlicensed firearms within Davao region and the neighboring regions," Pernito said, adding that the suspect will be charged for violation of the Republic Act 10591.

Francisco was found in possession of 14 caliber .45 pistols, 60 pieces of paper cut into money bill sizes believed for budol-budol, and assorted magazines with live ammunition. He is now detained at the CIDG's jail facility.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 08, 2014.

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